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21 vegetarian friendly restaurants in Manchester

11 months ago

There’s vegetarian food, then there is very good food that just happens to be vegetarian. Yes, the majority of menus give veggie or vegan options, but let’s face it, most tend to err on the dull side. Mushroom burgers and goats cheese tarts just don’t cut it anymore. There is a whole world out there full of wonderful vegetarian cuisine, and Greater Manchester has such technicolour variety.

So from the classic rice and three from This & That to the locally sourced plant-based tasting menus at The Allotment, take a dive into the veggie scene, you never know what you’ll find.

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  • ARMR Store Cauli burger platter
    Oxford Road

    ARMR Store

    Cafes

    The much loved Caribbean cafe ARMR Store has relocated from Ardwick to take over the bar and kitchen at Contact Theatre on Oxford Road.

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  • Manchester City Centre

    The Allotment Vegan Eatery

    Restaurant - Vegan

    The seeds of Matthew Nutter’s fine dining adventure were sown when he set out to “make veg taste better than steak”. And the menu at The Allotment Vegan Eatery exceeds this ambition.

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  • Bundobust Manchester is best known for its vegetarian small plates and craft beers
    Manchester City Centre

    Bundobust Manchester

    Restaurant - Indian subcontinent

    Bundobust is a huge beer hall serving craft ales in the heart of Manchester’s Piccadilly Gardens. It also happened to win Restaurant of the Year at the 2017 Manchester Food and Drink Festival awards, thanks to its stellar menu of Indian small plates.

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  • Grilled prawns with chilli, lime & coconut sauce at The Burbs restaurant in Heaton Moor
    Book Now Heaton Moor

    The ‘Burbs

    Restaurant

    The ‘Burbs is exactly the sort of informal neighbourhood spot you want round the corner from your house.

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  • The famous black dahl at Dishoom Manchester
    Spinningfields

    Dishoom

    Restaurant - Indian subcontinent

    Dishoom is a legend in its own lunchtime and that’s exactly how it likes things. It’s not enough to serve up top-notch Indian dishes in grand surroundings; there’s a story behind the menu too. But when the food is this good it doesn’t need to hide behind tall tales.

    And the food is this good.

    The menu is bursting with small plates arriving at the table as and when, plus biriyani, curry and grilled gubbins as well as all sorts of sides and sundries. If you’re part of a big group (or obscenely greedy) it’s possible and even preferable to order something from each section.

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  • Withington

    Herbivorous

    Restaurant - Vegan

    Fresh from the roaring success of its first venue down at Hatch on Oxford Road in Manchester, Herbivorous opened its first self-made restaurant in Withington in October 2021. Co-founders Robyn and Damien have been cooking together since they first started dating so the passion for the food they create runs deep.

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  • Indian Tiffin Room restaurant manchester
    Book Now Manchester City Centre

    Indian Tiffin Room Manchester

    Restaurant - Indian subcontinent

    Known to its friends as ITR, the second of the three bright Indian Tiffin Room restaurants specialises in thalis (a kind of mini buffet) and south Indian tiffin dishes, putting colour on a plate with its street food inspired by the bustling stalls of different parts of India.

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  • Bicycles outside Inspire Cafe which is part of Levenshulme Inspire, a busy community centre housed in a former church.
    Levenshulme

    Inspire Cafe

    Cafes

    Inspire Cafe is an inclusive, relaxed gem of a community cafe housed in a former church in Levenshulme. It serves breakfasts, light lunches, and homemade cake during the day, with occasional pop-ups from local street food traders (with local beers) in the evening.

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  • One of the dishes served at Kambuja in Marple - one of the few Cambodian restaurants in the North.
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    Kambuja

    Restaurant - Cambodian

    Many of us are familiar with the vibrant cuisines of Vietnam and Thailand but Cambodian, or Khmer, food is still relatively unexplored territory in the UK. Kambuja in Marple is one of the country’s few dedicated Cambodian restaurants – and it’s a good one. It received rave reviews in the national press when it opened in 2017 under its former name of Angkor Soul.

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  • One of the dishes served at Lily's Indian Vegetarian Cuisine in Ashton-under-Lyne.
    Ashton-under-Lyne

    Lily’s Indian Vegetarian Cuisine

    Restaurant - Indian subcontinent

    Lily’s Indian Vegetarian Cuisine is an unassuming restaurant in Ashton-under-Lyne that happens to serve some of the best South Indian food in the UK.

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  • Nepalese dumplings, momos, as served at The Little Yeti restaurant in Chorlton
    Chorlton

    The Little Yeti

    Restaurant - Indian subcontinent

    The Little Yeti is one of the newest dining spots on Barlow Moor Rd, but from the well-oiled team behind Didsbury veterans Gurkha Grill. It’s an establishment of the ‘limited menu but executed very well’ variety, which is more common in Asia than over here, where ‘all things to all people’ is perhaps too often attempted.

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  • mumbai to london cafe
    Book Now Tameside

    Mumbai to London Cafe

    Cafes

    Mumbai to London Cafe doesn’t look like much from the outside (or the inside) but don’t let that fool you; there is some fantastic food to be found in this lowkey, licensed restaurant and takeaway in Droylsden.

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  • Spaghetti with asparagus sauce, crispy onions & stracchino cheese cream at The Pasta Factory
    Northern Quarter

    The Pasta Factory

    Restaurant - Italian

    The group of friends behind The Pasta Factory’s story originally hail from Turin in the northern region of Piedmont, so this is the place for authentic Italian food full of flavour, with dishes created from scratch using only the best fresh ingredients in season.

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  • Purezza in Manchester city centre is a vegan pizza restaurant.
    Northern Quarter

    Purezza

    Restaurant - Vegan

    Sitting in the old Dough Kitchen spot in the Northern Quarter, Purezza is yet another pizza restaurant for Manchester – but one with the distinction of offering solely vegan pizza and a menu that has many gluten-free items.

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  • curries at this and that
    Northern Quarter

    This & That Cafe

    Cafes

    Everyone’s heard of NQ backstreet gaff This & That, even if they’ve not actually found it (it’s up the ginnel by Trof’s empty barrels) – renowned for its daily changing “rice and three” meal deal and winning vegan and vegetarian choices, it’s been an institution since 1984.

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  • Treehouse Cafe in Salford
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    Treehouse Café

    Cafes

    Salford independent the Treehouse Cafe is the sort of picture-perfect coffee house you frequently see on Instagram but rarely stumble upon on the streets of Broughton. 

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  • Brunch cocktails at Trove Levenshulme.
    Levenshulme

    Trove Levenshulme

    Bakeries

    Trove Levenshulme has been going strong since 2011. The main draw is its fantastic bread, which forms the basis for its breakfast menu.

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  • A feast of vegan fast food from Vegan Shack in Piccadilly Gardens, Manchester city centre.
    Manchester City Centre

    Vegan Shack

    Restaurant - Vegan

    Local hit Vegan Shack started life in owner Dimeji Sadiq’s one bedroom Salford flat where he used to cook up plant-based versions of fast food for himself and his girlfriend.

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  • Summer rolls served at Vnam - a Vietnamese restaurant in Ancoats, Manchester.
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    Vnam

    Restaurant - Vietnamese

    Ancoats is fast becoming the go-to place in Manchester to get your authentic Vietnamese food fix, with various purveyors of pho, traditional coffee and other specialities of Vietnam – but popular Vnam is one of the pioneers, having set up shop on Oldham Street back in 2010.

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  • platter from Yara restaurant cheadle
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    Yara Cheadle

    Restaurant - Middle Eastern

    Lebanese and Syrian restaurant Yara is not alone with its Cheadle outpost – equally popular branches can be sniffed out in Alderley Edge, Altrincham and Whitefield. Renowned for dishing up huge portions, there’s also now an order online option for finger-licking Middle Eastern fayre to your door.

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  • Sale

    Greens Vegetarian Sale

    Bars

    TV chef Simon Rimmer’s famous non-meatery Greens has been going strong in Didsbury since 1990. In summer 2022, he branched out to Sale’s new social and dining destination Stanley Square, offering innovative and locally sourced vegetarian and vegan food, plus a rooftop bar and outside spaces.

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  • Lamb Laziz at Zouk, Manchester
    Book Now Oxford Road

    Zouk

    Restaurant - Indian subcontinent

    Zouk specialises in ‘apna’ – home-style cooking shot through with colour and heat from the spices and herbs. In recent years it has incorporated elements of global street food to its menu (Lahori wagyu sliders for example) but the main focus is still the authentic Indian and Pakistani cooking that made Zouk a success.

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